'The American' takes $1.7 mil on first day

Pic unspooled midweek to get jump on Labor Day frame

Focus Features' moody crime thriller "The American," starring George Clooney, fetched $1.7 million in its first day of domestic release on Wednesday.

The Universal specialty unit unspooled the pic midweek to get a jump on the summer-closing Labor Day frame, when a pair of other pics also bow wide -- Fox's crime actioner "Machete" and Warner Bros.' romantic comedy "Going the Distance."

Playing in 2,721 locations, "American" is expected to ring up a sum in the low double-digit millions through its first six days in release.
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